Monday Morning: And The Living’s Easy

That’s right folks, it’s time for Monday Morning with Karen @ Write From Karen – and yes, I’m well aware that it’s nearly 2 pm – no I wasn’t sleeping, I’ve been doing laundry all morning! Geez! Anyway, this week is all about hair, scratches, candy and agitation. How the four things relate, I couldn’t tell you, but I can tell you it looks like a fun set of questions. Remember, if you play along, to link up at Karen’s main post.

September 8th Questions Are:

1. Are you brunette? Blonde? Auburn? And is it natural? If you could pick any type of hair you wanted, the style and color, what would it be? (Can you link us to a picture?)

I have brown hair, and yes it’s very natural. I’ve gone through the whole “dying hair” stage – you know for most of high school and college, on the hunt for the Perfect Elusive Red. And I think I even found it at one point, but after awhile I got tired of hearing guys tell me that “redheads were so hot” like I kind of wanted to punch them because deep down, I knew I was a brunette. So sometime around college graduation, I dyed my hair as close to natural as I could, let it fade naturally (although I never noticed it do so, so I must have picked well) and I haven’t dyed it since.

So I wouldn’t really want a new color again but if I could have like amazing hair that listens and looks sleek and put together, that would be pretty terrific, although I would be less than willing to actually style it every morning so if that’s part of the package, then no thanks, but if for minimal effort I could look like this every day:

You know, I wouldn’t complain.

2. How did your car get that little scratch/dent? (Because let’s face it, we ALL have car stories, right? If, for some reason you don’t, tell us about how someone else’s car got that scratch/dent).

Most of my dents are from “Adventures in Parallel Parking,” and most happened in college, where I suspect nobody else knew how to Parallel Park either. I actually am unsure if I put the dents in or someone else did, but you can always find my car because the front and back license plates both look like someone tried to make my car a sandwich.

3. In your opinion, what is the worst-tasting candy? Now, what is the best-tasting candy? How often do you eat candy? Do you keep it around your house? Do you allow your children to eat very much candy?

Well those Harry Potter jelly beans that taste like vomit and pepper, I’d be all set without those. I also dislike black licorice and probably wouldn’t touch a chocolate covered bug of any kind with a ten foot poll. Candies that I do like often involve chocolate and peanut butter. I also really love cookie dough bites (chocolate covered cookie dough – my husband hates it but I’m in LOVE with them) and Jelly Belly jelly beans. I don’t eat candy very often, mostly just at the movies and once in awhile when we decide to try and play “going to the movies at home” and eat popcorn and candy and the like instead of our usual suspects. I almost never give my son candy because he’s two. But it’s happened, we just try to limit it as much as possible. No need to unleash his sweet tooth prematurely (more so anyway).

4. Are you easily agitated? What really makes your temper soar? Do you stay angry for a long time? Or do you get over it pretty fast?

Sometimes yes. When I’m feeling irritable it seems anything will set me off – you can ask my son and his little bestie, on a bad day I will yell at them for just about anything. But other times you know you just hit that stride where everything just sort of rolls off your back. Those days are nice. Things that really upset me – anyone doing anything that could hurt my child, ignorance, people being unaccepting of other people. I try very hard not to stay angry for long – sometimes I stew for awhile and feel kind of awkward like “how can I go back to being happy after such a big fit?” That’s the hardest part is the transition really.

Alrighty, that’s all for now folks. Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

Monday Morning in the Afternoon

Well, since PackRat has decided it hates me and doesn’t WANT to hook a sister up with some swim fins or sandals, I thought I’d post Karen @ Write From Karen‘s Monday Morning meme – it looks to be a good one. I didn’t think I’d have time to post again today but we decided to nix going out again and just relax for a bit, and now MM is napping and PackRat is being a jerk, so let’s get this party started, shall we?

September 1st Questions:

1. If you mixed up the letters in the name of your blog, what new name would you come up with? (Anagram fun website – http://wordsmith.org/anagram/) Now take your favorite anagram and tell us what sort of blog it might be based on that title.

There were quite a few good ones, like Bag Slam Tool Mom, Mama Mobs Go Toll, Atlas Mob Log Mom (this one is my favorite), Llama Sob Got Mom, Saga Mob Toll Mom… and yes I’m noticing a theme – I’m guessing anyway you go I become a Mob Mom perhaps in an Atlas Mob – like they steal atlases maybe? or sob over llamas. It’s an ugly world out there in anagram land.

2. What three sounds do you love? Okay, now tell us WHY you love these sounds.

I love the sound of my son’s laughter, really his voice in general. It’s amazing to think that little man, who is so funny and smart and absolutely heart wrenchingly loveable, came from me – that I made that. That was me.

I also love opera music, like in Phantom of the Opera – just that deep dramatic echoing of feeling that you hear in a lot of those songs, it’s like they are daring you to try not to feel what they are feeling – and know you will fail if you try. I love any song that just immediately sucks you into their emotions like that. It’s amazing.

I love the sound of a cat purring – you know it means they are oh so happy and content. Growing up we always had a cat in the house (I didn’t know I was allergic then) so I’ve always loved cats and obviously prefer they be happy than not. 🙂

3. What is it about you that makes everyone want to know you? Wait, you’re not done yet. Now tell us WHY that one particular thing? What makes that element of yourself so special? (Come on, don’t be shy. This is your opportunity to write about something positive about yourself).

Okay THIS is a hard question and I’m feeling all chicken shit, like I don’t want people to be like, “Actually Jen, I’ve never thought that about you.” Or, “Gosh, Jen, could you be more conceited.” Yes. I could be a lot more conceited, btw. But, um, I have noticed that people seem to find me funny and a lot of people never expect me to be as funny as I am (I’m not like saying I’m ape shit funny or anything, just that my level of funniness often seems to surprise people. I think I come across as awfully sweet and unassuming, but I have a very snarky sense of humor, often, and when I’m comfortable around people I often let that show, in addition to my stellar self deprecating humor and you know all that other funny shit I say.

Am I wrong?

4. What is the oldest thing you own? What is the newest?

The newest thing I own (this is easier to remember as I just bought it about 2 hours ago) is a brand spanking new CD player for my car. Our old one broke yesterday, much to our dismay since we’re going on vacation in FOUR days, but after getting nervous and complaining, we went to Circuit City, and realized a basic CD player is not as much as I would have guessed and that they have come a long way since 2003, when I last bought one. We got this amazing little Sony that has a cable hooked up for my iPod as well as an auxilary jack thing for any other kind of MP3 player and you know all that other cool stuff. It’s way nicer than the old one and the process of getting it was nearly painless, apart from that sudden lack of $200 once all was said and done. Good thing we’ve been cutting down our spending!

Let’s see, the oldest thing though?  Gosh, I’m not sure… Most of our furniture is very old, like at least as old as me, ditto with a lot of our plates and glasses, etc. A lot of those things we inherited from our parents, and since they are at least as old as we are, they must be the oldest things we own…

Hey, look at that, I finished! And while I was in the middle of picking my 3rd favorite sound, I found a swim fin over at PackRat and managed to vault a set! And you probably have no idea what that means, but trust me, it was exciting. 🙂 Don’t forget to link up at Write From Karen if you fill out this meme, too!

Monday Morning: Oh The Laziness Of Me

Welcome to the August 18th edition of Monday Morning by the formidable Karen of Write From Karen. You can expect to learn the fascinating secret revelations to such scintillating topics as: procrastination and me, a match made in heaven? ; just how clean is clean jen’s home ; unbelievable mad lib fun ; and just how late can a tired wife sleep? I know inquiring minds want to know, so let’s get to it!

August 18th Questions:

1. You have a huge final project that is due in six weeks. When will you actually begin it? In other words, are you the sort of person who gets things done right away, or do you wait until the last minute? Why is this?

I will start it like that night, but then get all cocky about my abilities and somehow blow it off until at least a week before it’s due, then scramble and embark in lots of late nights or one VERY late night and them grumble and mutter to myself a lot. But I’ll still do it remarkably well, cause I rock. Why? Because I thrive on deadlines and unknown levels of stress.

2. How often do you clean your house? (Be honest!) Do you think you’re a good housekeeper? Does your significant other think you’re a good housekeeper? Does your significant other ever thank you for cleaning house? No one likes to clean, but what is the one thing you don’t mind cleaning?

I do varying levels of cleaning on varying levels of time. On a daily basis I do the basics- dishes, picking up toys, organizing random things. Once a week I do laundry. Once in a blue moon I vacuum, mop or do a big overhaul of some kind. Anything I haven’t mentioned, I hope my husband is doing or that it doesn’t matter much. I’m a terrible housekeeper in most eyes I’d imagine, but we do fine. I think everything at least LOOKS clean… My husband never really complains so I must be doing okay. One chore I don’t mind doing – the laundry really as long as my son isn’t hanging by my ankles while I do it.

3. Fill in the blank: I can’t believe you all haven’t commented about the Shoop by Salt’n’Peppa video that I posted on my blog recently! Now tell us the story behind this sentence (WHY did you fill it in the way you did?)

Um because the video was awesome and everyone should think so! (total cop out, I had NOTHING clever to say for this one!)

4. Be honest, how many times do you hit the snooze button? What time do you get up during week days? What time do you typically get up on the weekends? Are you a good sleeper? If so, why? If not, why not?

(as stated on twitter this morning) i don’t use an alarm clock – just an annoying persistent husband. i’m up between 6:30-7:30 usually depending on the day…

Oh yeah, if you want to participate in the Monday Morning meme, don’t forget to link up over at Write From Karen.